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PostPosted: Mon Jul 13, 2009 11:41 am    Post subject: Western trip Reply with quote

Hello from Hardin Montana.

Adam and I are on a western road trip. We left home Friday headed for the Badlands which we hiked around on Saturday afternoon. We thought about doing a little more hiking on Sunday, but it was raining with thunder and lightning when we got up Sunday morning, so we abandoned the plan to do more hiking. On Sunday we headed up to the Little Bighorn Battlefield Memorial which we toured in the late afternoon and evening,m and then headed into Hardin to the KOA. We were going to sleep in the tent again, but do to high winds, lightning and heavy rain in the area, opted for a "KOA Kabin".

Today we are going to head across Montana to Bannack State Park which is a state park in a ghost town. Or something to that effect.

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Our tent at the Badlands, Sunday morning in light rain.
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Adam climbing down a ladder at the Badlands
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Dan up in a "notch" at the Badlands
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 31, 2009 1:25 am    Post subject: Re: Western trip Reply with quote

I had hoped to post a couple of times per week on this trip, but I haven't managed that.

Some of the highlights since Hardin, MT.

We crossed the divide at the spot where Lewis and Clark crossed it in 1805. It hasn't changed much since then. They followed a path worn by Indian moccasins and their horses' hooves. That path has been changed to a one lane gravel road. It was really neat to follow in their path, and see things much the same way that they had seen it. The place that they considered to be the source of the Missouri River is just a quarter mile or so from the pass.

We went through the Badlands of Washington. Glaciers dammed up huge amounts of water inland (Idaho and Montana) and when the dams failed, the water (amounts equivalent to the Lakes Erie and Ontario combined) rushed across Washington and through the Columbia River gorge in a matter of just a couple of days. It pummeled the landscape mercilessly and made drastic changes that are still visible. The Dry Falls in Washington are truly awesome. Too big to photograph.

We stopped at Sea-Tac (Seattle airport) and picked up Kat, and then headed for a couple days at Mount Ranier. It was fun to drive and hike around there.

Next was Mount St. Helens. The Power of the eruption must have been truly awesome. Much of the land in the immediate vicinity is being allowed to do what it wants naturally. It will take centuries for the land to "recover" from the devestation.

Crater Lake in Oregon was a neat place. Again, the power of the earth is immense. It is the snowiest place known in the United States, receiving over 500 inches per year on average. Without the snow there would be no lake.

From Crater Lake we went to Lava Beds National Monument in California. DS was in heaven crawling through the caves and tubes. Mom and Dad who are no longer nearly so spry, did our best to keep up with him. Pretty much anything he could crawl through, we could crawl through, though perhaps not as quickly. It was truly an awesome place. The temperature on the surface was well over 90, but in the caves it was much more tolerable.

We then headed for the Oregon Coast, and up the coast to visit my cousin for a couple of days. From there we went inland to McMinneville to see the Hughes Flying Boat (Spruce Goose) and then to Fort Clatsop, where Lewis and Clark spent the winter of 1805-06. Having seen a number of other places along their route over the years, it was great to finally see the western end of their journey.

From Fort Clatsop we headed up the Washington coast visiting the rainiest place in the United States, Forks, Washington (think Twilight) before heading east to Port Angeles where we are visiting a friend of DWs. They normally have high temperatures in the 70s, but are regularly hitting the 90s this week. We have had little rain on our trip, but frequently we are getting pretty hot temperatures.

Tomorrow we will hike in the Olympic National Forest, and on Saturday we will probably go out to Neah Bay and Cape Flattery--pretty much the northwesternmost point in Washington.

We have been having a great time, and I will try to post again a time or two before we get home.

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2001 Rainforest Green LX (164,795 miles)--Minnie (The vacationator)
2006 Honda Civic EX with NAVI and 5sp MT (102,338 miles, new block at 89K) (Dan's daily driver)--Blue Car




Atop Lemhi Pass. Lewis and Clark hoped to see an easy route to navigable water leading to the Pacific Ocean. Instead they saw miles and miles of rugged mountains.
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Ten or twelve feet from this spot where I am drinking, this little stream bubbles out of a spring. Lewis and Clark deemed this to be the source of the Missouri River.
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Dan and Adam at the only water access point in Crater Lake. The water is COLD!!!! Adam went in up to his ankles only.
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Adam and Dan in the caves at Lava Beds.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 31, 2009 2:44 am    Post subject: Re: Western trip Reply with quote

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